Welcome to Hardangervidda National Park
Hardangervidda National Park is the largest national park in mainland Norway with its 3422 km2 distributed in the counties Hordaland, Buskerud and Telemark. In the west, the national park comprises areas belonging to the municipalities of Odda, Ullensvang and Eidfjord, in the eastern Hol and Nore and Uvdal, and in the southeast Tinn and Vinje. The national park was established in 1981 and half the area is on private grounds.
Hardangervidda stretches over 8600 km2 over Buskerud, Telemark and Hordaland. The plateau is Northern Europe's largest. Hardangervidda invites you to great walks both summer and winter. DNT's well-marked trails take you to seven servants and five unattended tourist cabins in the national park. Traces of human use of nature are prominent in the Hardangervidda, with several old tows and roads, catch plants, settlements, arches and castles.
Hardangervidda is easily accessible from many edges. Highway 7 goes just off the border of the national park and makes it easy to take a short or long trip. Otherwise, Tuva and the Dagali Saddle Valley are good starting points for hikes in the Hardangervidda.
A visit to the Hardangervidda National Park is fantastic, but remember that you do not necessarily have to be within the national park boundary to feel the wit on your body! The whole plateau offers great nature experiences and views.
Facts about Hardangervidda National Park
- Created on April 10, 1981
- The national park itself is about 3422 km2
- The whereabouts of Europe's largest wilderness tribe
- Sand float is the highest peak at 1721 meters above sea level. The characteristic peak Hårteigen is 1690 meters above sea level
Plant and animal life
An important intention with the national park was to secure the areas of the wild strain which is Europe’s largest. Here the wild herring still allows natural walks without excessive obstacles.
Hardangervidda is considered to be the southern boundary of several arctic plants and animals, especially the mountain fox and snow owl. Read more about wildlife here. Within the national park, we also find rich vegetation and an animal and birdlife with many species. In addition, Hardangervidda is known for its many lakes and waters with rich fishing opportunities.
Welcome, please look after our nature
Welcome to a trip in the National Park! There is room for many if we show consideration for the people and animals around us. The National Parks are the best of Norwegian nature. The conservation order contributes to taking good care of the landscape and the diversity of animals and plants. So we can still add to our memories of this place in the future.
Common right of access
You can go wherever you wish on foot or on skis. Feel free to follow a marked footpath or marked trail in the National Park. Put up a tent wherever you wish as long as it is more than 150 metres from any house or a cabin where people are living. In Hallingskarvet you are free to pick berries, mushrooms and common plants for your own use. Showing consideration for the vegetation and animal life is important, especially during the nesting and breeding season.
Cultural heritage sites
Cultural heritage sites such as old homesteads and hunting pits are protected, so stones from old stone walls must be left in place.
Remember to tidy up after you and take your rubbish home.
You can light a fire between the 15th of September and the 15th of April and the rest of the year where it is obvious that it will not lead to a fire. Take note of local prohibitions. Show consideration for nature when gathering firewood.
Hunting and fishing
You can hunt and fish in the National Park as in other mountain areas as long as you have a hunting licence and/or fishing permit. You are not allowed to use live bait. You must not take live fish or wet fishing equipment.
Dogs in the National Park
Dogs are welcome along for the trip. From 1st April to 1st November (20th August in Hordaland) all dogs must be kept on a leash. You are obliged to show consideration for wild animals, grazing animals and people all the year round. The reindeer especially is vulnerable during the winter.
Motorised vehicles and drones
As a general rule, motorised vehicles and drones are prohibited in the National Park.
Clothes and equipment
The weather in the mountains can change very quickly, in both summer and winter.
You must evaluate the weather and conditions based on your fitness and skills and prepare yourself with suitable clothes and equipment. Taking a trip with a mountain guide provides safety and useful tips. Good planning makes for good experiences!
National Park Center
There are two national park centers for Hardangervidda:
Hardangervidda Nature Center in Eidfjord – adventure center for Norwegian nature, climate and environment, open April – October
In Skinnarbu you will also find Norsk Villreinsenter Sør, a center of competence that will promote the conservation and sustainable management of wildlife populations and wildlife mountains in Norway.